Among the beach grass and ocean waves,
Mystery perched briefly on my altar,
and whispered in my ear.
"I have a message," She said, "For those who are not here. Will you share it?"
"Lady, of course," I promised, and opening my bag of stones,
pulled the runes she called.
Inguz. Ansuz. Raido.
She stroked their etched and ancient faces,
Leaned close to stoop and kiss my brow,
Here is what She told me to say to you:
Inguz: A rune often associated with intuitive and reproductive energy, Inguz is the rune of New Beginnings, of fresh starts, of deliverance from old tensions and uncertainty and that which has been building but which is not yet finished. If you have been stuck in an old pattern, especially within relationships, now is the time to gather your courage and change things. Finish what you've started. Drawing Inguz means that right now, you have the force required to achieve resolution and completion so you can move forward and continue to walk your Path. Out with any stagnant energy - the time has come to break free of any and all such obstacles, especially those you have lived with out of fear. Safety comes from letting go and moving on.
Ansuz: The rune of knowledge, Ansuz also symbolizes wisdom, understanding, listening, speech, and clear communication. Practice the art of listening, and be attentive to the unspoken messages that others might be expressing. Is there advice or guidance you need? Answers are everywhere, though you may not know how to recognize them yet. Open your eyes, ears, and mind to the language of the universe. Be on the lookout for signs, signals, and reminders - they are everywhere. Perhaps looking to your ancestors is in order, or perhaps you just need to clear yourself of preconceived ideas and be willing to think outside the box. Don't shoot the messenger, and don't discount the message because you're not comfortable with how it arrives. Is there something you need to say? Think clearly and speak your truth. You may need to be creative in how you do so. You have the ability to express yourself with controlled power and the capacity to advocate for yourself and others with clarity and compassion. Continue developing these skills.The more you acknowledge your inner truth, the wiser you become.
Raido (drawn in contrary): Raido is the rune of Journeys and Movement, especially spiritual movement and the quest for knowledge and fulfillment. Drawn in contrary, this stone symbolizes stagnation and warns against lack of movement and failure to progress. Have you been putting off something important? If you've been considering quitting or not starting what you know in your heart of hearts that you need to do, forget it. If fear is the thing that is stopping you, this rune is another reminder that hiding from your truth will no longer keep you safe. Raido reminds us that difficulties and challenges are to be expected, and are inevitable and necessary steps on the Hero's Journey. Taking the easy way out will not strengthen you, so egg up! It may mean losing contact with someone or lead to unexpected outcomes, but that too is part of your Path - you cannot move forward while staying in the past. Embrace change and be prepared for these new experiences to shape you into the Spiritual Warrior you are destined to become and which the world so desperately needs. When it comes to our sacred life journeys, there really are no shortcuts.